February 8, 2019

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh recently called for the implementation of universal pharmacare, raising speculation that a plan for publicly funded medications will be an election issue in the upcoming federal race this fall.

In the lead-up to a federal by-election in the riding of Burnaby-South in B.C., Singh told reporters that the only way for Canada to provide for its citizens’ pharmacare needs is through publicly funded, comprehensive, universal drug coverage.

The Trudeau government also appears to be warming to the idea of pharmacare, although questions have been raised about how much a Liberal pharmacare plan would cover.

February 8, 2019

Paul Dewar

The Council of Canadians is deeply saddened by the passing of former MP Paul Dewar.

Dewar, a former teacher, won his MP seat in the riding of Ottawa Centre in the January 2006 federal election, taking over from former NDP leader Ed Broadbent.

According to the CBC, during his tenure as MP he championed many causes. “He called on the Conservatives to denounce Uganda after its parliament introduced an anti-LGBT bill that included life in prison for those convicted. He spoke out against the mass murder of civilians in the Darfur region of Sudan. He criticized human rights abuses in Iran and Saudi Arabia, to which Canada had sold armoured vehicles. He also condemned Canada's dwindling role in global peacekeeping, penning an editorial chiding the Conservatives for ‘a pattern of disengagement and withdrawal from the international community’ and warning of the dire consequences of Canada's new ‘arrogant isolationism.’"

February 8, 2019

Council chapters are made up of volunteers who work with local community groups, organized labour and others to promote the Council’s campaigns to protect water and public health care, work for fair trade, climate justice and democracy as well as other issues of social and economic concern. Check out some of our chapters’ recent actions below and be in touch if you are interested in getting involved in a chapter near you.

Dave Vasey
Obituary: Remembering Canadian activist David Vasey

February 4, 2019

This morning, our worst fears were confirmed.

This morning, our worst fears were confirmed. The Ontario NDP released yet more leaked documents that further reveal Doug Ford’s scheme to privatize health care services across Ontario.

Documents dating back to mid-December show plans have already been approved to shift health care services, and the public dollars that fund them, into private hands.

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott addressed this latest leak just hours ago at a media conference at Queen’s Park, where she was forced to admit, “what we are proposing is a massive transformation of our public health care system…”

February 1, 2019


A leaked document from the Ford government shows that the Progressive Conservatives are preparing to privatize health care in Ontario. The document is a draft bill, 81 pages long, titled “The Health System Efficiency Act.”

According to media reports, the Ford government plans to create a new “Super Agency” that would have a mandate to privatize health care in Ontario. We can’t let this happen.

You can take action right now to stop this. Will you take a few minutes and call Health Minister Christine Elliott (and/or your MPP if you live in a PCO riding) to say you oppose privatizing health care?